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“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. Matt 5:13

Jesus is speaking here to the people surrounding him on the hillside, who were anxious to soak up all that He had to teach. Instilling the principles of being light in a dark world was not an easy task. The people back then were not that different from people today. There were different types of challenges in their culture, of course, but the basic human frailties and strengths were the same. The world was full of darkness, crime and evil. Followers of Yeshua searched for ways to live out the gospel as He taught it. We all share that hunger and thirst to to be salt and light. He says that if the salt loses its saltiness, it's good for nothing except the trash pile.

We must daily do a “salt check” to see if we are still sprinkling the darkness to keep it fresh. Salt is a preservative in one sense. Spiritual salt preserves Christ's word and dispenses it into the bland, colorless, monotonous areas of the world. The truth of the gospel salts the negative nothingness of the “world's” ways to spice it up and make it not only interesting, but more palatable. Let us never grow weary of finding the freshness of the deeper things of God and ever willing to share them.

I recently came across “Herbs & Spices” by Michael McIntyre. McIntyre talked about salt & pepper sitting on the table ready to be used while various spices, like oregano, rosemary, cumin, thyme, paprika, were kept inside a cupboard waiting. McIntyre says: “Occasionally the cupboard door is opened & these other spices see the salt & the pepper sitting on the table. One spice, looking at them says, ‘What have they got that we haven’t? Ever been out of the cupboard, oregano?’ ‘Once, when they cooked spaghetti bolognaise in 1988.’ ‘What about you, cumin? Ever been out the cupboard?’ ‘Yes, just once, when they moved from their old house to this house.’ ‘What about you, paprika?’ ‘I fell out the cupboard once, & they put me back in, the wrong way round. I’ve stayed like that for 7 years.’ ‘What about you on the end? Who are you?’ ‘I’m Five Spice. I am better than all of you & have been part of recipes in China for thousands of years.’ ‘O, yes, but have you ever been out of this cupboard?’ ‘No!’”

Funny, but obviously salt is the most useful and popular spice. Salt is also used in healing such as when you gargle warm salt water for a sore throat. Christians in this world are the salt, distribute the salt and utilize the salt. Colossians 4:6 says, “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” If our conversation is seasoned with salt, we will be drawing people to the Lord, causing them to look deeper into themselves and toward God. Our seasoning will pull them out of their usual thought cycles and into a mindset of seeking more, seeking Him. And it will be done with grace, love and insight that come directly from the Father. That's how you will know how to answer everyone! Come out of the saltshaker and season the world this week.

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